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For starters, Rays at Yankees at the break



UPDATE, 12:27: Sonnanstine was here working out and said he was surprised to be demoted to Triple-A and that going back to the minors is "going to be tough.'' .. Maddon said they still haven't set - or want to announce the post-break rotation - but that barring something unexpected (like Price throwing too much in the All-Star Game) that the first two games vs. Boston will be started by Price and Shields, with the order to be determined. ... Brandon Guyer was happy to be back in the majors, but didn't know if he was staying on the roster for the break or being sent right back and then would go to the Triple-A All-Star Game in Utah. ... Maddon didn't know if Wade Davis had played catch yet, but he still expects him to miss only one start and return from the DL on or shortly after his July 22 eligibility date. ... Kyle Farnsworth said he hadn't heard anything about being added to the All-Star team and planned to fly home to Orlando after today's game unless he is told otherwise.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are ready to wrap up their series in New York and the pre-All-Star break portion of their schedule with a matinee today at Yankee Stadium.

With Yankees lefty CC Sabathia on the mound, the Rays are going as righthanded as they can, with 1B Casey Kotchman the sole lefty in the lineup. Also, Evan Longoria gets another day off his sore left foot at DH, with Sean Rodriguez at third and just called up Brandon Guyer in right.

There will be considerably less hype and hoopla today as Derek Jeter looks to add to his 3,003 career hits after surpassing the 3,000 milestone on Saturday.

The Rays lineup:
Zobrist 2b
Johnson ss
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 3b
Shoppach c
Kotchman 1b
Guyer rf
Ruggiano lf
Shields p

And the Yankees lineup:
Jeter ss
Ganderson cf
 Teixeira 1b
Cano 2b
Posada dh
 Martin c
Gardner lf
Jones rf
Nunez 3b
Sabathia p



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:15am]


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